Unigine Valley & Unigine Superposition
Unigine Valley’s power consumption might be a bit lower than The Witcher 3’s or Sky Diver’s, but it can be run in an endless loop without having to buy a licensed version. Consequently, this older benchmark still makes for a good cooling and stability test. We also like that it runs on older hardware without a problem.
The load that Unigine Valley produces can be optimized by selecting its maximum settings and choosing the right resolution to keep the frame rate above 25 FPS.
Even though this test's CPU load is fairly low and DirectX 11 is no longer cutting-edge, Valley still throws errors if your overclock isn't stable. This test remains relevant by being available for free. Download Unigine Valley here.
|Measurement||62 °C||81.9 °C||77.6 °C||63.0 °C||97.7W|
|Compared to Maximum||95.4%||90.9%||91.8%||86.7%||94.2%|
|Assessment||- Medium power consumption- Medium GPU temperature for cooling tests- Sufficient package temperature for stability tests- Medium memory temperature|
|Use for||- Serviceable stability test primarily for older or lower-end hardware- Endless loop included for free|
Superposition is supposed to improve on its predecessors’ performance as a stress and stability test for high-end hardware. According to what we've found, though, it doesn't always succeed. Compared to our previous tests, peak power consumption and temperatures end up in the lower-middle of the field. Another issue is that Superposition doesn't prove to be reliable enough as a benchmark; the results of back-to-back runs vary too much. Download Unigine Superposition here.
We do like that Unigine Superposition can be run in an endless loop, though. And with some patience, it’s possible to optimize the settings to create a reasonably high load. Certain memory errors are more likely to occur using Superposition than the Valley benchmark, so Unigine's newer test can be used as a supplement in your library, if nothing else.
Another advantage is the high clock rates this benchmark allows cards to run at, which exceed those seen in The Witcher 3. A lower load does have its (unintended) uses after all.
|Measurement||61 °C||82.4 °C||74.8 °C||61.9 °C||93.6W|
|Compared to Maximum||93.8%||91.5%||88.5%||85.1%||90.3%|
|Assessment||- Somewhat low power consumption- Comparatively low GPU temperature for cooling tests- Sufficient package temperature for stability tests- Comparatively low memory temperature|
|Use for||- Supplemental stability test for overclocking (using loop)|
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